First Grade Plans

Wow!  How did we get here?  When did I become the parent of a  1st grader?!
Well, since this is the technical end of Kindergarten I thought I would post 
our plans for next year!  Then you can all laugh at me for not sticking with it, lol.
So here is our general monthly outline:
Unit 1 -
SS: I’m like you, You’re like me
Birthdays
Firsts
Science: We Planted a Tree
Sep 21: Peace Day - Can you say peace?
Unit 2
SS: People Say Hello
Halloween
Science: Alejandro’s Gift (Desert biome)
The Gift of Nothing
The Pumpkin Blanket
Unit 3
SS: Everyone is Special and Unique: Learning About Acceptance
Room for One More
Science: The Great Animal Search (Animal Studies/habitats)
Thanksgiving
Unit 4
SS: Winter Holidays
The Peace Book
Science:  The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle (Mangrove ecosystem)
Unit 5
SS: Beatrice’s Goat
Science: Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook
Presidents
Peaceful Piggy Meditation
Unit 6
SS: Elsina’s Clouds (Africa)
Religion
Valentine's Day
Science: See the Ocean (Ocean Biome)
Unit 7
SS: Circles of Hope
Science: The Flower/How a Seed Grows
Unit 8
SS: Be a Friend: Learning About Friendship and Fairness
Science: The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rainforest 
(Rainforest Biome)
Unit 9
Ss: Children Around the World
Science: Bug Safari (Insects)

Ongoing:
All About Spelling - goal 1 lesson a week.
Draw then Write
Readers - 1 per day
Explode the Code - as useful
Math U See - goal 1 lesson a week
Math games - as desired
Nebel Science (Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding - 
pace 2 weeks per topic
101 Science poems - as desired
Kids Celebrate! Activities for special days - keep up on holidays this year!
Sacred myths - 1 story per week (35)

Additional Books to have available to read:
Amelia Bedelia
Frog and Toad are Friends Series
Fun with Dick and Jane
Geronimo Stilton
Junie B Jones
Magic Tree House
One Fish, Two Fish
Green Eggs and  Ham
Fox in Socks
Cat in the Hat

Religions:
What is Religion?
Many Ways: How families practice their beliefs and religions

Poetry:
A child’s garden of verses
A light in the attic
Random house book of poetry for children

Read-alouds:
Lilly’s purple plastic purse
Little bear
Mrs. Piggle wiggle
Peter Pan
Book of nonsense
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of life

Health: k-3
It’s not the stork!  A book about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families and 
friends

Spiritual studies:
Zen shorts
A pebble for your pocket
The gift of you, the gift of me
Somebody loves you, mr hatch
All the places to love

Music: Choose one composer at a time and play it a lot.  Read short 
biography of that composer.

Sounds like a lot?  It's really not.  Hey that rhymed.  :)  Ok, so all of 
this really takes less than 30 mins a day.  We read a book, and see how our 
interests go.  We might read more, find videos on the subject, do a craft 
or some cooking etc.  Mostly I try to expose him to these subjects and go 
as we're inspired.  So we work about 10 minutes a day on math and reading 
(most days), then read a book on a subject 1-2 times a month and learn about 
the parts we are interested in.  Nebel Science takes an hour or so a week 
and is purely experiential, my son LOVES it!
So that's our outline.  Let's see if it happens!
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Our Journey So Far….

A long, long time ago…. nah.

We are an attachment parenting family.  As such we spend a good amount of time with other “natural” type families and homeschool is a part of my world.  My first son, however, has a very …. determined personality.  I was convinced he would never learn from me.  So we enrolled him part time in a Montessori preschool and eventually moved him up to full time.  He thrived there and learned a lot.  We discovered the Feingold Diet and that changed his behavior drastically and we started getting along better.  As he neared Kindergarten age we had to decide what to do.  The public schools in our neighborhood are terrible and not an option.  We thought about Charter Schools, keeping him at his Montessori School and homeschooling.  The more research I did the more I realized that it sounded wonderful for our family.

We decided to commit to a year.  He is a September birthday and I realized that even if we did nothing all year he could enter Kindergarten a year “late” the following year and we could pretend it never happened. 🙂  So we took the plunge.  We tried things and fought.  He shut down and refused to do anything.  I yelled, he rebelled.  I tried to force he freaked out.  So I just took a step back and let him de-school.  Then slowly introduced a few things here and there.  We ended up finding a nice balance that we both love – although it took about a year.

Dancing Girl, who will be four next week, will continue at the Montessori preschool for another year and then join us at home.

So that is where we are.

My next two posts will discuss how our first year went and what I learned and what our plans are for next year.